July 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm #250128
I have just gotten into this show and I think I am in love. The first season, which I watched back to back to back…, was the perfect blend of laugh-out-loud and subtle comedy focusing on Matt and the Lincolns. The second season, however, soars way above the excellence of season 1. While it still has the perfect blend, this season focuses on the extremely underrated ensemble. The first season overall got an A- from me and the second is even better.
Season 2 Ratings:
Episode One: B+
Episode Two: A
Episode Three: A+July 17, 2012 at 1:20 am #250130
I watched the first two episodes of season 2 a few weeks ago. And while not being bad, they didn’t spawn a whole lot of interest in the show for me again. I might check out a couple of more episodes, but I doubt it will ever be a show I can’t wait to watch. Also I don’t find those two Brits very likeable. LeBlanc is supposed to be the asshole on the show, but I sympathize with him much more than with those two.July 17, 2012 at 5:08 am #250131
This second season has not been nearly as funny as the first season. However, I laughed hysterically when LeBlanc was re-enacting his sexual encounter with a deaf woman. The Brits are still the best thing about the show, though.July 17, 2012 at 6:12 am #250132
I saw the whole season already because it aired on BBC earlier than Showtime and they finished last week. It was a disappointment compared to the first season. Not that that season was anything great either save for a couple of episodes and the great finale, but I was really hoping they would look back at their first try and fix a lot of the problems with the show. And sadly, they didn’t.
It stills seems to be finding its tone and what to do about the different aspects of the show that now involve Beverly and Sean’s separation, LeBlanc’s stalker, Merck and Carol’s affair, the deaf wife also came into the picture, Pucks didn’t become a hit at all, the network is desperate because a ridiculous show they passed on is getting huge ratings at ABC and so on. All this while the filming of Pucks is going on and it’s completely forgotten as an integral part of the story now that it’s on the air, except for a very funny storyline involving Morning.
LeBlanc was almost at supporting status this season, he was dealing with his broken relationship with Sean and Beverly, but their separation took a much bigger role this season as did Carol and Merkc’s affair, with LeBlanc coming up strong only with his “Matt is fat” storyline and his stalker, both developments came on late in the season.
I did like several things though, like the fact that Pucks never really took off, the fictional network sometimes feels too NBC to me, and I can’t blame the audience because Pucks looks and feels awful. It all looked very realistic. So a lot of the times, scenes with them dealing with this development were actually funny. The best thing about the whole season was John Pankow as Merck, by the way, he can really steal the show in a very Ari Gold kind of way.
Another high point was Myra. Last season she seemed like an awful actress with nothing to say except her incredible expressions, this season they got her to do a bit more and it was just genius. The episode where she comes to discuss the show with Sean and Beverly is hilarious and a scene involving development at the network’s boardroom was also pretty damn funny thanks to her and Merck. If the show comes back, Myra and Daisy Haggard have to come back too.
However, a lot of episodes did go by with nothing to laugh at, nothing that special and in the end it just wasn’t very good and they still seem to be trying to figure out the show. My least favorite moment of the whole season was a bit that involved LeBlanc calling all the Friends to ask for a guest appearance. The way those scenes were shot with him just talking on the phone were, to me, extremely humilliating for LeBlanc, with only the outcome of the whole bit being a nice treat for Friends fans.
As with the first season, they somehow managed to make a killer finale. The last episode is just amazing and once again, it includes a very well written and performed fight.
If this show is some sort of co-production with the Brits then I can see Showtime renewing it, I haven’t seen any ratings info for this season but I can’t imagine them being that good. Maybe Showtime will give it a break like they did with Web Therapy and HBO with Elinghtened. It’s a very entertaining show but it’s not that great.